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    Commissioners who support the Roane County Board of Education’s $67 million building plan sat silent when the property tax rates for the 2018-19 fiscal year came up for discussion at Monday’s meeting.

    They could have moved to raise the rates to generate funding for the plan, but none did.

    Commissioner Darryl Meadows said it came down to simple math.

    “The votes just aren’t there,” he said. “It’s that simple.”

  • Teen back to juvenile court on murder charge

    The case of a teen who shot and killed his sister’s boyfriend is returning to juvenile court.

    Jacob Kinney’s second-degree murder juvenile case was transferred to Roane County Criminal Court last year, but a grand jury failed to indict him on that charge, instead going for a lesser charge of reckless homicide.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said that is not one of the transferable charges from juvenile court, and the defense argued the case should be sent back to juvenile court.

  • Serial burglar arrested five days into 60-day furlough

    Serial burglar Timothy Fink’s 60-day furlough has been revoked. The move came following his arrest on Saturday for violation of probation.

    “The offender tested positive for opiates on July 6, 2018 and signed a self-admission form,” the violation of probation warrant states.

    Fink, 37, pleaded guilty in 17 separate burglary cases in March. Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced him to 12 years in prison on July 2, but gave him 60 days before he had to report to start serving the sentence.

  • Presentation to address Poplar Springs project

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson will be hosting a presentation on the Poplar Creek project on July 25 at Dyllis Springs Elementary School in Oliver Springs.

    The presentation, which will begin at noon, will be hosted by Collier Engineering.

    Lunch will be provided.

    After the presentation, attendees will be able to travel to the Poplar Creek location for a site inspection.

  • Former school board member killed by lightning

    Former Roane County Board of Education member Everett Massengill was struck by lightning and killed at his South of the River home Friday afternoon.

    “He had just finished mowing,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Massengill was struck around the same time a storm was moving through the area.

    “There was a decent storm that went through there with some lightning,” said Danny Gant, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service Office in Morristown.

  • County budget passes with no new taxes for school plan

    An anticipated addition to the Roane County budget for 2018-19 failed to materialize on Monday, when County Commissioners voted unanimously to keep the property tax rate the same for the coming fiscal year. A standing-room-only crowd attended the regular monthly meeting at the Courthouse in Kingston. While more than a dozen people spoke about the proposed $67 million school plan, Commission made no mention of it when it came time to vote on the property tax rate.

    “The votes just aren't there,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said. 

  • $67M school funding may come today

    The Roane County Board of Education’s $67 million building plan isn’t on the agenda for today’s County Commission meeting, but Commissioner Darryl Meadows won’t be disappointed if it comes up.

    “I would like to deal with it sooner than later,” he said. “This issue has been kicked around for so long. Now is the time to consider it.”

    The agenda includes a resolution to approve the county budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year along with a resolution to set the property tax rates to fund that budget.

  • Revenue declining from hotel/ motel taxes

    Preliminary numbers indicate the hotel/motel tax revenue will be down for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

    The county collected $96,368 in 2016-17. The current fiscal year ended on June 30. The final numbers weren’t immediately available, but through June 27, Roane County Director of Accounts and Budgets Connie Aytes said $76,554.87 was collected in hotel/motel tax.

    “You may want to ask the (Roane) Alliance that question,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said, when asked why the hotel/motel revenue was trending downward.

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